Sadly, our pets can suffer multiple types of cancer just as we can.
This disease is more commonly seen in older patients but may also affect younger ones.
The effects of the cancer depend on the type (how aggressive/ invasive), the part of the body involved and the size and number of tumours. Treatment and prognosis also depend on all of the above factors.
Cancer can be broadly classified into benign and malignant cases.
Benign neoplasms: generally slow growing, often do not invade surrounding body tissues and do not readily spread throughout the body.
Malignant neoplasms: generally fast growing, invade adjacent tissues and spread (metastasise) to other parts/ organs of the body.
At Valley Farm we are equipped to diagnose and treat most neoplasias. It is always best to get a definite diagnosis as to the type of tumour your pet has so we can set up the correct treatment protocol and give you an accurate prognosis. Radiography, ultrasound scans, CT scans and surgery are used to detect tumours in various parts of the body. Very often a biopsy is taken of the tumour so confirmation of the diagnosis can be made.
Our team of veterinarians bring together a huge wealth of knowledge and ability to treat these patients. Our medicine team and radiologists are key in diagnosing the problem, utilising the various imaging modalities. Our surgical team can operate to remove or de-bulk tumours in various parts of the body. Our critical care team are on hand to assist with pain management and ICU care for patients that need it. Certain cancers may also require the use of chemotherapy post operatively or as the primary treatment. This is individualised per patient by the medicine team according to the type of cancer diagnosed. Physiotherapy and nutritional advice are valuable supportive services also covered.
In the best-case scenario, treatment is aimed at curing the body of the neoplasia. In some instances, we can only slow the progression and spread of the tumour and for others it will be managing pain and palliative care.
Pets do not show the severity of adverse effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy like humans do and both of these treatments are available through Valley Farm.
The clinical signs of neoplasia are as varied as the types of neoplasia and often depend on the organ/ region affected. If you are concerned about your pet and there is a change to their health than cannot be explained it is best to consult your vet.